Easter – St John Passion

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One of the very, very few good things to emerge from the last year has been the ability to see, hear and communicate with other parts of the world via Zoom or other conferencing systems.

Some cultural bodies around the world have taken advantage of this technology to take their services to a wider and global audience.

Such is the case of St Thomas’s Church in the German city of Leipzig.

From today until 5th April, classical music lovers from all over the world are invited to enjoy the performance of the St John Passion in Leipzig’s St Thomas Church via online stream. The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and St Thomas Boys Choir, two of Leipzig’s most renowned music institutions, collaborate to provide a pre-recorded stream of Bach’s Easter Passion for the global Bach community. The two-hour performance is available for on demand streaming at www.gewandhausorchester.de/stream from 3pm on Good Friday (CET) to midnight on Easter Monday (CET).

Leipzig has always been Europe’s centre of classical music as well as Johann Sebastian Bach’s main working place as cantor of St Thomas. St John Passion is the earliest known work of Bach’s Passion music and was first performed in Leipzig in 1724. Today, Prof Gotthold Schwarz directs St Thomas Boys Choir following in the footsteps of his famous predecessor who did so for almost 30 years of his lifetime. Naturally, Leipzig has welcomed guests from all over the world for the annual performance of St John Passion in the past. Due to the pandemic, new ways had to be found to allow people to enjoy Leipzig’s traditional Easter concerts.

It was possible to realize this project in such short time thanks to the support of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, St Thomas Boys Choir, Leipzig Bach Festival and Simply Saxony, the umbrella brand of the Saxon state government. The Leipzig-based production company Rondeau was responsible for the technical production.

The stream is also available on Leipzig Travel’s social media platforms: www.youtube.com/LeipzigTourismus and www.facebook.com/leipzigtravel.

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